It’s looking increasingly likely that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will enter the race for the GOP nomination, probably in June. This is a great thing, for America and for the Republican Party.
It is a great thing for America, because voters will get to see yet another fantastic Republican governor, championing the blessings of liberty, free enterprise, and common sense. It is a great thing for the Republican Party because having Jindal in the debates will ensure a full and intelligent discussion of health care will take place, because—little known to most Americans—Jindal is a bona fide expert on the subject.
How good is he on this topic? Well, for starters, it was the subject of his Master’s thesis—at Oxford, no less. Then, at the ripe old age of 24 (when many people are still in graduate school), he was put in charge of the Department of Health and Hospitals for the entire state of Louisiana—where he brought the Medicaid program out of the red (imagine that!)
Then he was made the Director of a panel for the state of Louisiana to explore how to reform Medicare. And then he became an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, during the Bush Administration, which he resigned later to take his first run at the Louisiana governorship.
So if you’re looking for someone who knows how to defeat Obamacare—and out-debate Hillarycare Clinton—he’s your man.
But, wait, you say. Healthcare is all well and good, but what about experience?
Oh, did I forget to mention that he not only worked in the state and federal governments, was (and is now) governor of Louisiana, and is an expert in health care—he was also a Congressman in the middle of that?
He spent just enough time in Washington to give the GOP base confidence that he’ll know what he’s doing once he gets there, but not so much that they should fear he became “one of them” while he was there. He left after two terms—but not before making it to the leadership position of Assistant Majority Whip. So we can tell he can get around in Washington (and he knows how to count votes), but he was not comfortable enough to stay. Like the Founders intended, he did some time representing the people, then came back home to serve the people of his state.
But, wait. What about the private sector? How will he know how to deal with business and industry? Don’t we want someone who hasn’t spent his whole life in government?
Come closer. You’ll love this.
Before he was 30, he was President of the University of Louisiana, and after getting his Masters at Oxford, he became a consultant, instead of going on for the Ph.D. that would have been his for the taking—never mind that he had started two businesses before he graduated from high school.
Now, being Republicans, we should be wary of hitching our wagon to anyone who can’t face down the legions of Democratic operatives and media “journalists” (but I repeat myself) who will do everything they can to make him seem stupid—like they did to rocket scientist Herman Cain, Yale and Harvard graduate George W. Bush, and business genius Mitt Romney (and are doing now to Harvard lawyer and Supreme Court-level litigator Ted Cruz, ophthalmologist Dr. Rand Paul, and literal brain surgeon Dr. Ben Carson).
While I am sure the media will never judge anyone smarter than Hillary Clinton, if the people are asked, I think Bobby Jindal can hold his own in any debate with anyone. Setting aside the multiple times he has been referred to as a “genius” and “brilliant,” we can just look at his educational history.
He graduated at the top of his class in high school and went straight to Brown University, where he majored in public policy and biology—with honors, obviously. Then he went to that little-known school called Oxford, after turning down both Harvard (alma mater of Barack Obama and George W. Bush) and Yale (also alma mater of George W. Bush). He was, of course, a Rhodes Scholar (which Bill Clinton was, but Hillary was not). He is a verified smart guy—and I’m sure the media will make him a dunce, but at least they’ll strain themselves trying.
I know, I know, you’re still waiting to be convinced. After all, you don’t know much about this guy. Maybe you know he’s Indian-American (not Native American). But if you do, maybe you noticed recently when he said he didn’t want to be considered hyphenated—he thinks we should all be “Americans.” (big points for that!) Maybe you remember him from a fairly awful turn at presenting the Republican response to the Democratic president’s State of the Union address. Well, forget that. He’s fine, now.
Okay, okay. Issues!
So let’s see how you like these apples: he’s so pro-life he has a 100% rating from National Right to Life. He opposes same-sex marriage, and just last week went to the mat for a law that would have protected the religious from being legally coerced into serving same-sex ceremonies. And when the legislature balked, he issued an executive order to that effect. He, personally, is in a “covenant marriage.” He’s pro-gun. He’s pro-Israel. He’s pro-Constitution.
He is the Republican base. Let’s see if they vote for him.